The city of Jerusalem is the one place on earth that I long to see the most. Its origin dates back to 3500 BC. In 1000 BC, King David attacks and captures Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5: 6 – 16). Jerusalem at that point becomes the city of King David. Jerusalem has been fought over, argued over and a place of constant turmoil for over 3000 years.
Acts 22 is an example of that. Paul has been arrested and the leadership of Jerusalem wants him killed. They want him to stop spreading the message of the ‘Way’. Acts 22 is an account of Paul reminding the people of Jerusalem that he is a very devoted follower of God. He is sharing with them that he became an even greater follower of God when he met Jesus Christ. He is sharing how God transformed him and made him an even more devout follower of God.
Jesus is arrested and tried in Jerusalem (the gospels) and Paul is arrested and tried in Jerusalem (Acts 21). I was struck last week by the similarities of the two accounts. In the gospels they yell about Jesus, ‘crucify him’ and in the book of Acts they yell about Paul, ‘kill him’. The people are so set against God’s plan. The crowd becomes so overcome with anger. They begin to yell and scream about something most of them have no idea about. It saddens me how we can get caught up with the crowd. We as a church need to continue to be like people of Berea who search the scripture and test all that is being said (Acts 17).
I encourage you to continue to read the book of Acts. Matt will be sharing from Acts 23 this coming Sunday.
Take time to love all those around you today. Show them the love of God by your actions. Have a great week and a happy thanksgiving.